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How Long?

Banes at 12:00AM, May 23, 2019

I think John Byrne once said he did about two or three pages a day (I believe it was an eight hour workday).

Of course, the length of time a page will require depends a lot on what KIND of comic you're doing! A stick figure comic or sprite might take awhile to write, but be pretty quick as far as putting the images together on the page - and digital work obviously saves a bunch of time, with its editing and undo capabilities.

Very detailed work vs a simpler style, as well as the priorities/standards of the artist can vary these things, too!

A photo comic might take a TON of prep time, arranging people and possibly creating or amassing the figures, sets, costumes and props, and then doing any postproduction, as well as the dialogue balloons and all the stuff that normally goes in to a comic. Boggles the mind, that! (hi bravo!)

A page of Typical Strange takes about 4 hours, usually.

But before that begins, I usually have a solid knowledge of the story for that issue, and what has to be achieved on this page: where we're starting and where we're ending up - though I usually don't have the dialogue yet. Dialogue gets written as I map out the page with rough digital sketches. So I can move stuff around, rearrange panels, and play with dialogue and all that. Once I decide where everything goes I start drawing.

And that's where the four hours begin! If I have more involved backgrounds or anything unusual to do for that page, of course it will take longer.

How long does it take you to do a page?

So long for now,




cdmalcolm1 at 11:25AM, May 25, 2019

Normal full page color with lettering would take me about 12 to 14. I cannot do this in one setting. The color scroller pages takes me about 3 weeks. Now if my sleepiness kicks in, I stop drawing just after an hour.

Genejoke at 10:47PM, May 23, 2019

Well, let's see here... When I did traditional I could do three to four pages a day, but quality was dubious. 3D wise, again I can churn out a fair few in a day. Much depends on the amount of prep needed for making sets and how longer rendering takes on each panel.

dpat57 at 10:21AM, May 23, 2019

Well of course it depends on the page, how many characters and locations, how many pose changes, how much dialogue and FX. Making 8-10 panels can take me 3-4 hours, longer pages with 16-20 panels can suck up a full day. Deity knows how much longer it would take if I didn't dabble in 3D, I doubt if I'd try.

Avart at 9:01AM, May 23, 2019

I can't measure my page production time rate because of the vertical format. I make the entire chapter (which I upload on another site) and then I slice the "pages" that are published here. A chapter could take me about 3 months, normally a chapter contains +60 panels and each could take me from 30 minutes to 2 - 3 hours (most of the time are 2 hours), so 120 hours and only a couple hours at day to work on the comic... I'm screwed XD

fallopiancrusader at 8:22AM, May 23, 2019

On the average, each page takes me 24 hours to complete. Interestingly, That time is the same regardless of whether I am working with digital or traditional media. These days, I can produce one page of Mindfold every three days, if I work eight hours a day. All of my Mindfold pages are done entirely digitally. Each page of GirlsquadX number two took exactly two days to produce, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week, for two months straight. All of the GirlsquadX pages were done in brush and ink and watercolor. The production times can vary a little bit. Generally, pages that have a lot of outdoor landscapes in them can be produced more quickly. Brightly lit interiors take the longest.

bravo1102 at 6:22AM, May 23, 2019

GOOB was very minimalist with bare figures shot against blue screen. I thought it'd be easy. All digital. That took forever. So much editing and cutting and copying. Costumes and sets are easier even if time consuming. The last time I averaged out all the time per panel it was four to six hours including everything from start to finish. Figure Four to six panels per page and you get an idea.

NicAndBen at 4:44AM, May 23, 2019

(Ben) About 6-8 hours for the layout and line art and 4-6 for color/shadows/highlights. But that gets spread out over many days since I can only work on the comic here and there.

usedbooks at 3:24AM, May 23, 2019

Not counting scripting, my pages take 15 to 20+ hours each (usually spread over a week to ten days). A splash page or two panel page might take only two days. They are a good way to catch up when I get really behind. What takes the longest is the digital stuff where I straighten lines, fix perspective, etc. And coloring. I get too critical when working with zoom and pixels.

bravo1102 at 2:29AM, May 23, 2019

That doesn't count time lost with breakage and repair.

bravo1102 at 2:26AM, May 23, 2019

On the average about an hour per panel putting together the photographed elements, then thirty minutes to two hours to composite a page. Pre production is counted in weeks as is the actual photography. I can take twenty photos for a panel and then end up only using one.

Gunwallace at 1:18AM, May 23, 2019

Well, I did a four-page comic in a day and half this week, but that stopped work on a page that's taken me 3 weeks so far and is only 2/3rds done. So, it depends.

ozoneocean at 1:07AM, May 23, 2019

I read the tags as "Thursday Banes Howling Mangaka" That's what you will be from now on: the Howling Mangaka!

ozoneocean at 12:24AM, May 23, 2019

3 months!

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